RANT: Don’t Be Fooled

Industries follow the trends.  In the 1990s, when Low carb diets became so popular, companies began offering “low carb options”.  Low carb yogurts were on the grocery shelves and low carb wraps were on fast food menus.  When we re-learned whole wheat was healthier than its more popular processed cousin, white bread, bread companies began offering “white-wheat” or “wheat” breads, that were brown in color to attract the partially informed consumer, but were not actually whole-wheat and still filled with additives.

Now “green” is all the rage. Foods and beauty products use green fonts and the term “eco”, to make you think you are getting a natural, environmentally friendly, and therefore safe product. But marketing is a cunning machine. Sexy green labels may boost sales, but the products are often just has hazardous, chemical-laden as they were when their container looked differently.

It’s like putting polka dots and clown cartoons on matches and then assuming they’re fun for kids

We, as consumers, continuously purchase canned products, reheat left overs in the Styrofoam containers they were conveniently stored in, and drink water out of plastic bottles even though all leach cancer-causing chemicals in to the food they contain.

Labels tout ‘made using 30% less plastic’, ‘no added salt’, or “healthy white wheat”, making us think we are purchasing something healthy and good for the environment, when actually, their consumption is detrimental. (zoom in on “healthy bread” ingredients)


So demand REAL and SAFE FOOD and the industry will meet your demands. Prices will fall, local industry will thrive and we as a nation will lose weight, become healthier and we’ll all live happily ever after.

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

2 thoughts on “RANT: Don’t Be Fooled

  1. When you say: “We, as consumers, continuously purchase canned products”, are you referring to Bisphenol-A (BPA)? If so, I think it is good to note that their are non-BPA cans available at Whole Foods, Kroger and maybe even soon Safeway.

    Whole foods web site: “In our store brands, our buyers are not currently accepting any new canned items with BPA in the lining material, and we have met with each of our suppliers and their can manufacturers to develop plans for their transition to non-BPA cans. Currently, 27% of the sales of our store brand canned good sales are currently of non-BPA cans, and that number continues to increase.”

    Safeway: “Many canned goods have a thin lining containing a small amount of BPA to ensure the safety of the product until a customer is ready to use the product.
    While there is no conclusive scientific evidence that this minimal exposure to
    BPA in can linings poses any risks to consumers, Safeway has begun a process
    that we believe will result in the removal of BPA in the linings of canned goods in all of our corporate brand items. We recognize that this transition will take time as
    our suppliers and manufacturers are still researching and testing feasible

    It is hard to muddle through all the details of toxins/potential toxins, the white papers, the FDA reports, the third party research. Staying away from some products is just easier but knowing there are some BPA free products is good to know.

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